John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers, 1837-1928

Overview of the Collection

Casement, John Stephen, 1829-1909; Casement, Frances Jennings, 1840-1928
John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers
1837-1928 (inclusive)
1861-1869 (bulk)
0.95 cubic ft. (4 containers)
Collection Number
Letters exchanged between Civil War leader and Union Pacific Railroad builder John Stephen Casement and his wife, Frances, along with miscellaneous business records, news clippings, photographs, and stereocards.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

Original material requires archivists' permission for access. Copies and transcripts are available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John S. Casement (1829-1909) was born in New York and came to Ohio in 1850 to work as a railroad construction foreman. He met Frances Jennings (1840-1928) while working near Painesville, Ohio, and they were married in 1857. In 1861 John Casement joined the Union Army as major of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to colonel of the 103rd Ohio Volunteers after the Battle of Winchester (1862). He was engaged in the Atlanta Campaign during 1864 and was given the brevet rank of brigadier general in 1865. After service in the Civil War, Casement, along with his brother Daniel, obtained a contract to perform tracklaying and grading for the Union Pacific's transcontinental line. The work lasted from 1866 to 1869. John Casement was later involved in a number of other business ventures.

Frances Jennings Casement was born into an Ohio abolitionist family. After her marriage she maintained the family's home in Painsville, Ohio, and raised the couple's three sons. While on a visit in Wyoming in 1870, she met Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and became interested in women's suffrage. She organized the Equal Rights Organization of Painesville in 1883 and was honored as a pioneer in the women's suffrage movement in 1920 by the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement papers primarily consist of the correspondence between the couple during and after the Civil War, including the time J.S. Casement and his brother, Daniel, were constructing the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska, to Promontory Point, Utah. Frances tells of home life, family and friends. J.S. Casement writes of his difficulties in obtaining supplies and gives his opinion of business associates. There are also business records, petitions relating to the creation of Wyoming Territory, and printed materials.

Photographs include a copy of the wedding photograph of J.S. and Frances Casement and stereo cards of scenes along the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, John Stephen and Frances Jennings Casement Papers, Collection Number 00308, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are other Frances Jennings Casement papers at the Lake County Historical Society, Painesville, Ohio. Further John S. Casement papers are at the Library of Congress.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

The Casement papers were received from Mary Casement Furlong in several shipments in 1962-1963. Mrs. Furlong was the daughter of Dan Dillon Casement, son of John S. Casement and his wife, Frances Jennings Casement.

Photocopies of original material owned by Jack E. Daniels were received from Daniels in 1986. Petitions relating to the Territory of Wyoming and associated correspondence were received from the Wyoming State Archives in 1998. Fourteen Civil War-era letters, 2 invitations, and a program were purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books in 2016.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D.Claudia Thompson in July 1996, March 2010, and June 2016.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence of J.S. and Frances Casement:
Box Folder
Box 1 Folder 1 1858, 1863, 1865
Box 1 Folder 2 March - April, 1866
Box 1 Folder 3 November, 1866 - January, 1867
Box 1 Folder 4 April, June, October, 1867
Box 1 Folder 5 January - February, 1868
Box 1 Folder 6 April, 1868
Box 1 Folder 7 May 1 - 10, 1868
Box 1 Folder 8 May 11 - 31, 1868
Box 1 Folder 9 June, 1868
Box 1 Folder 10 July, 1868
Box 1 Folder 11 August, 1868
Box 1 Folder 12 September, 1868
Box 1 Folder 13 October, 1868
Box 1 Folder 14 November - December, 1868
Box 1 Folder 15 January - March, 1869
Box 1 Folder 16 April - May, October, 1869
Box Folder
Box 1 Folder 17 1872-1873, 1879, undated
Box 1 Folder 18
1867, 1879-1888, undated

Series II. Business RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
Box 1 Folder 19
Receipts and invoices, primarily of Casement Brothers to Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Box 1 Folder 20
Copy of agreement between Casement Brothers and Sidney Dillon; land deeds; mining deed.
Box 1 Folder 21 1867, undated
Box 1 Folder 22
Resolutions signed by J.S. Casement and others.

Series III. Printed MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
Box 1 Folder 23
Invitations, newspaper clippings, pamphlet, railroad pass, visiting card,
Obituaries of J.S. and D.T. Casement; biographical material of Frances J. Casement; UPRR pass of Dan Dillon Casement; visiting card of J.S. Casement.
Map of Eastern Nebraska
Showing Main Lines of Railroad Leading to Nebraska; published by Davis & Snyder; 2 copies.

Series IV. PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
Box 1 Folder 24
People and Places
Copy from daguerrotype of wedding photograph of J.S. and Frances Casement; group of officers; unidentified child; Painesville, Ohio; Ashland, Oregon (?).
1857, undated
Box 2 Items 1-14 Oct. 1866
Box 2 Items 15-45 undated
Box 2 Items 46-48 undated
Box 2 Items 49-51 undated
Box 2 Items 52-55 undated
Box 2 Item 56 undated
Box 2 Items 57-76 undated

Series V. Photocopies from the John Stephen Casement Collection of Jack E. DanielsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Biographical Information
Casement, Frances (letter to)
Jan. 19, 1869
Coal Mine - West Virginia
Ex-Governor Cox and Political Requests
Land/Real Estate Correspondence
Mining - Arizona; Railroad - Texas
Mining - Utah
Ranching - Colorado and Kansas
1861-1866, 1870
Miscellaneous Correspondence; Nieces, etc.; Requests
Miscellaneous Financial; Erie Electric; Litigation
JSC Draft; Ship; Adams Saddle; Garfield; Beckwith
1858, 1881, 1891

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Railroad engineering -- West (U.S.)

Corporate Names

  • Union Pacific Railroad Company

Geographical Names

  • Painesville (Ohio)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
  • Wyoming -- History, To 1889

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs
  • Stereographs